Lee Finishes Second At All-America Golf Classic
Tain Lee (JR, San Juan Capistrano), the reigning Division III Champion in Men's Golf, finished tied for second at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic with a 54-hole total of 204 (-9). He led the tournament after 18 and 36 holes and held the lead for much of the final round. The winner, Alex Ching from the University of San Diego, took the lead on the 16th hole and eventually won by three strokes. Ching tied for second at the Division I Championships last year and Lee was the only Division III invitee in the tournament. The other 29 players in the field are the top returning Division I players in the country and included the defending champion of the event, the reigning Division I Champion and the reigning United States Amateur Champion.
Lee led the final round until the sixth hole when he bogied and Ching birdied to give Ching a two-stroke lead. Lee battled back and birdied eight and nine to retake the lead as Ching bogied nine. Both players birdied 11, but Ching birdied 15 and 16 to take a one-stroke lead. Lee went for a big shot on 17, but his tee shot went off a tree and into the water and he would go on to double-bogey the hole. Lee's first round score of 64 tied for the low round of the tournament.
The tournament has been played since 1974 and features the top returning collegiate players in the nation. Of the approximately 670 alumni of the event, Lee is only the sixth player from Division III to compete. 246 of the alumni have combined to win $1.3 billion as professionals and have won 540 PGA Tour events including 40 major championships.